Weatherford International Plc has been named Contractor of the Year by Santos, one of the leading independent oil and gas producers in the Asia-Pacific region, on May 19. Santos’ operations team awarded Weatherford the honor from among the several hundred contractors the company employs across their operations.

The objective was clear for the Weatherford tubular running services team across the four well campaign: complete the running of all casing and tubing with zero incidents and minimal non-productive time. Adding to the urgency of the challenge was the fact all operations were classified as red zone, meaning high risk with field personnel operating in harm’s way.

“Weatherford provided a solution that enabled Santos to execute a safe, efficient tubular running operation with hands-free technology. Safety is extremely important at Santos and Weatherford delivered an outcome with zero incidents and zero near-misses,” Brett Darley, Santos’ executive vice president of offshore, said.